7. Various Artists, 'Trax Records: The 20th Anniversary Collection' (Casablanca Trax, 2004)
Legendary Chicago imprint Trax Records wasn't the first house label, but it was undoubtedly the biggest and best, and this hefty collection (one DJ mix and two CDs of full tracks) rolls out one low-budget, louche late-Eighties classic after another. Here, outright sleaze like Jamie Principle's outrageous Prince rip "Baby Wants to Ride" and Hercules' "7 Ways to Jack" rubs elbows with the accidentally avant-garde – see Phuture's "Acid Tracks," 13 mind-warping minutes of an endlessly manipulated 303 bass synth that begat the entire genre of acid house. Tracks like Marshall Jefferson's self-explanatory "Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)" and Kevin Irving's freestyle-ish "Children of the Night" show that some of these guys could write great songs to boot.
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